Friday, November 24, 2017
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U.S. embassy agent from Largo pleads guilty to child porn charge

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TAMPA -- A Largo man who worked as a special agent for the U.S. Department of State has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of transporting child pornography from London to the United States.

James Charles Cafferty, 45, who pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas G. Wilson on Thursday, faces up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and possible lifetime supervision upon his release. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 23.

Cafferty worked in diplomatic security at the U.S. embassy in London. Prosecutors said he had subscribed to several child pornography sites on the Web. He transported thousands of child porn images on hard drives he brought back from London to his Largo home, prosecutors say.

It is unclear how Cafferty's activity was uncovered. Under federal law, Cafferty faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison.

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